Create a custom Welcome Message / DCUI Splash screen for your ESXi Hosts with esxcli


Messing around with ESXCLI the other day I came across the commands to get / set the welcome message for your ESXi host. By default you are greeted with the following familiar splash screen for your ESXi hosts:


Standard DCUI Splash Screen / Welcome Message


Well, with esxcli, it turns out you can very easily change this to your own custom welcome message / splash screen. I personally don’t see any practical gains by doing this, but just thought I would show the command to set it. Using esxcli, enter the following (of course the bit between quotes is up to you):


esxcli system welcomemsg set -m="My Custom Welcome Screen. Press F2 to Customize System/View Logs or F12 to Shutdown/Restart."



To see what the current custom message is set to simply use the same command, but this time use “get” –


esxcli system welcomemsg get


Finally, to set it back to the default (No welcome message), simply set your welcome message to nothing –


esxcli system welcomemsg set -m=


Here is an example of a custom welcome message for an ESXi host in my lab I tested this with:




  1. Agreed – I would love a way to set the background / foreground colours of this message using esxcli! Can you say “PSOD pranks”? 😀

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